Paleo-ish Protein Brownies

Hey friends, just had to share these awesome bars I made from Alexandra’s Brawny Brownie recipe!


I made a 1/2 batch and baked them at 350F for about 15 minutes.  Dee-licious!

  • 6 Tbsp Coconut Flour
  • 2 scoops (33 g each) chocolate whey protein powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  1. Sift dry ingredients together
  2. Mix wet ingredients together
  3. Mix wet into dry and place in a greased 8×8 baking dish
  4. Bake for 10-15 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean
  5. Cut into 6 bars




Giveaway! Coconut oil needs a cape

As I’ve spoken about previously, my whole diet has changed (for the better) and coconut oil has a lot to do with it.

During my eating disorder I subsisted on mountains of low-calorie vegetables.  During my recovery I had to learn how to eat for nourishment … a journey I’m still in the process of.  I still found myself restricting fats, though.  Within the last few months I transitioned into a Paleo-style diet with a carb-cycling approach to low-carb, high-fat, moderate-protein.

The only problem?  I don’t like many foods that are naturally high in fat and I don’t want to rely on nuts due to their high Omega-6 contents.

So what swooped in and saved me like a superhero?  Coconut oil.

I used lesser quality coconut oils until I tried the good stuff.  The former oils quickly found themselves banned from my kitchen and are now being used for natural skin lotions and hair deep-conditioning.

So what’s the good stuff?

I was SUPER lucky and Tropical Traditions sent me a jar of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil to scoop into my mouth with a spoon review.

And guess what? You’re super lucky, too. because Tropical Traditions is giving one of you a jar of coconut oil, too!

This stuff is so freaking good!  

I’ve baked with it …

Paleo Banana Bread from Primal Palate                  Coconut Bars 

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I’ve roasted veggies with it …

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I’ve cooked massive quantities of chicken with it …

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I even spoon chunks on spinach then nuke it at work to get all melty and delicious … or I save the chunks for my lunch dessert!

You can watch this video to learn more about this amazing product!

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This contest is only open to my US and Canada readers!

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WIAW Paleo staples


Happy Wednesday friends!!!  I love WIAW parties – it’s so fun to peek into other blogger’s kitchens and lunch pails to see what we’re all eating!

My kitchen has been transforming with my new found love of Paleo.  Gone is the Splenda for artificial sweetness.  Trashed is the wheat bran for low-calorie bulk.  A forgotten jar of Better n’ Peanut Butter languishes in the corner of the fridge.

Nope, only nourishing whole foods for me!  Thanks Jenn, for letting me show off my new Paleo staples!

My goodies from my school’s meat department & a local butcher at the farmer’s market:

Meat loot

Beef heartBeef liverbeef sweet breads

Sauerkraut fermenting in my cupboard and some to tide me over until it’s ready!

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Kelp seasonings for healthy thyroid function & deliciousness!

kelp seasoning

Homemade bone broth for calcium, gelatin, glycine, etc. etc. etc.

bone broth

And the best reason to give yourself Paleo “wiggle room”:  Hell’s Kitchen PB brought to me by my AWESOME FMIL (future mother in-law).  This stuff is so amazing, chunky, and flavorful – like peanut brittle in nut butter form!

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I don’t suppose anyone has sweetbread recipes? Smile

WIAW Paleohmygoodness

This challenge has been so easy!  I seriously think back on my day to find where I’m going wrong because eating Paleo has been so effortless it seems like I must be doing something wrong!

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I’ve had so much fun experimenting in the kitchen and adding new foods to my diet – organ meats galore!  Here are some of my favorite meals/snacks from the past week!  Thanks Jenn for providing the best reason for cold dinners (finding the perfect lighting takes time!)



Coconut Egg Custard cooked in a baking dish instead of ramekins


Beef Heart with coconut curry marinade, guacamole, kale chips


Roasted cauliflower, Poached egg, Avocado, Artichoke hearts


Cucumbers, avocados, & hard-boiled egg whites (I hate the taste of cooked egg yolk but love runny eggs … Reason #10000000 why I’m weird)

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Paleo, Low-carb Almond Flour Fiber Bread (from the wonderful Alexandra) with tahini and homemade macadamia nut butter!


Shredded beef tongue with avocado & salsa and wrapped in chard

Have I grossed you out too much with all the organ meats and animal bits and pieces?  I hope not, because I truly believe that eating the whole animal is the most respectful way to eat meat.  Heck, if you can handle eating a breast, you should be able to eat the organs!

MIMM I spy the finish line

Quick post to tell you why this Monday truly is marvelous!

  • I’ve been nourishing my body with wonderful Paleo foods!  I feel so good spoiling myself with quality meals and giving the ED a good kick in the ass.  It’s about gifting myself with the most nutrient-dense, flavorful, enjoyable foods I can find!
  • I’m taking my last final of summer school in less than one hour and then I’m done until Fall!
  • I have a wonderful sunrise hike planned with J tomorrow morning – what a great way to cleanse and reboot! 
  • I have a great giveaway in the works for you all!

OK – time to do some last minute cramming!  Have a great Monday!!!

WIAW Clean Eats

Hello friends!  I’m in food heaven with Amanda’s Clean Eating Challenge!

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I’ve loved my sugar-free/Paleo meals so much, I thought I’d bring them to Jenn’s WIAW party!

Coconut Bars

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Pork tenderloin in Asian marinade with Cauliflower rice and grilled zucchini


Grilled steak in Mexican marinade with fajita bell peppers and avocado


Sardines with roasted zucchini in coconut oil


Grilled beef liver over salad

beef liver salad


Sorry if I grossed you out with the organ meats and ugly fish but I LOVE them and they’re so healthy!

Speaking of healthy, I also have some bone broth on the stove right now! 

What are your favorite Paleo websites and recipe books? 

I’m thinking of ordering the Balanced Bites new book Practical Paleo … if only for the poop pageant!

Clean Eats and Work Treats

Amanda’s Eat Clean 30 Challenge is going great so far!

CleanEatingChallenge5 (1)I’ve been doing clean-eating extreme by following a Paleo and Sugar-free diet.  Really, though, it hasn’t been hard at all.  Especially with tons of great food options like these.  I feel great so far and I’m looking forward to the rest of the month!

I’ve got to work a catering shift during dinner tomorrow and won’t be able to stop and eat so I thought I’d make something to hold me over.

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In the mix I stirred up 1/2 cup coconut flakes, 1/2 cup of egg whites, and 1/2 Tbsp of coconut oil (that’s a lot of 1/2’s!).  I baked it at 350 for about 1/2 an hour (seeing a trend).

Yup, I ate 1/2 as soon as it came out of the oven.  Smile  I’ll be making this again tomorrow so I actually have something to eat during my shift.

I also made up some non-paleo (full of sugar) treats for a work potluck. 


I based them off of Averie’s recipe for Creamy Mixed Berry White Chocolate Crumble Bars but used raspberries and apple for the fruit and dark chocolate chips instead of white. 


My coworkers loved them and they were definitely easy to assemble!

Next potluck I’m going to bring a savory Paleo dish so that I can partake in the fun!

Warning – I’ll be stalking your recipe pages to find some new ideas!

Also, does anyone have ideas for Paleo snacks?  I’m trying not to OD on nuts due to Omega 6 content but I’m running out of ideas – there’s only so many veggies in coconut oil a girl can eat.  Sike, I can eat coconut oil for days, I just need grab-n-go options. Smile